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Getting there from here

Reading the final document from the Rio+20 conference together with the Earth Charter leaves me with a sense of disquiet. Both are eloquent statements of More...

Assessing Impacts in Creative Placemaking

My last blog dealt with ‘creative placemaking’, which is receiving increased attention in both Canada and the United. The belief is that creative placemaking can More...

Why public art is important

Susan Weiler, FASLA, OLIN, successfully made the case that “public art is important,” at a session on art and landscape architecture at the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting. More...

Young artists lead Reno’s sharing revolution

Carrie Lynn Smith and Mallory Mishler, two cofounders of The Salvagery, at Reno Noise Night. Face painting by Mallory Mishler; photo by Aric Shapiro. When More...

Online, a genome project for the world of art

Any music fan knows that there are myriad ways to find new songs online: a scroll through digital playlists and streaming radio services like Pandora, More...

How big is enough?

The recent death of Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon, unleashed a flood of reminiscences about Apollo 11 and moon More...

Creative Placemaking

Most of my work in cultural planning has operated at a ‘macro level’ of community or city-wide plans. While this will continue to be a More...

Power and Dominion Beach

Dominion Beach.  The picture captured it all. On the headland in the distance, there was the largest coal-fired generating plant in Cape Breton, spewing steam More...

The allure of discovering and affordable housing to boot

Housing affordability is in the news. Again. Crashes, corrections, to rent or buy; it is constantly cycling through the headlines. And for good reason. Buying More...

Municipal Cultural Planning: A Toolkit for Ontario Municipalities

More and more municipalities across the country are turning to municipal cultural planning to leverage local cultural assets to support economic and broader community development More...

Rediscovering the Wealth of Places

In 2010 I had the great privilege of publishing Rediscovering the Wealth of Places: A Municipal Cultural Planning Handbook for Canadian Communities through Municipal World. I am More...

Housing Gen Y: Experience, not expanse

Recently Neil Takamoto of Cooltown Beta Communities wrote a blog post about housing trends and the preferences of “Gen Y”.